My Houzz: ‘Empire’ Star Taraji P. Henson Renovates Stepmum's Home
One thing that guides actress Taraji P. Henson through life is something her late father used to say to her: “If you have been blessed, then it is your duty to go out into the world and be a blessing.”
The Golden Globe-winning actress known for her roles in the TV series Empire and the movie Hidden Figures recently put her father’s advice to good use. She surprised her stepmom, Angela Henson, by renovating Angela’s kitchen, dining room and living room to create a more open floor plan with a new, better-functioning kitchen. “I feel like I’m doing what my dad told me to do,” Taraji says.
Beautiful! I love the color scheme.
Very Nice ...God Bless you Taraji
Beautiful!! I LOVE the Colors!
What a wonderful thing to do. Gorgeous.
That was priceless!! she has honored her stepmother and her father at the same time.
How lovely! Beautiful gift with lots of love involved!
This living space is fresh, stylish, and gorgeous, there is no doubt, but I'm really digging on all of these good and positive people whose energy attracted each other into each other's lives, from the grandparents, all of the parents, the children, the designers, and the happy pets with the cool names. This, truly, was a beautiful experience to watch. Thank you for this.
Beautiful! She deserves it!
I’m proud of your dedication to mom!
Taraji is top-notch and combined with products and design ideas from Houzz; and the great designer and contractor what more can you ask for -- it's a new house for her Stepmom. I was teary eyed. So lovely. Great JOB done by all. Great job indeed! Blessings to Everyone!
This is incredibly beautiful - the renovation, and as equally important the magnificent gesture to a loved stepmother. Divine!!
Amazing work!!! Obsessed!
Taraji, what a blessing!
What a lovely woman (love the cute, short hairdo!) and a lovely thing to do for someone she loves. I don't think I've ever heard someone speak so sweetly of their stepparent. Way to go, Taraji and Houzz.
I can feel the love. Wonderful gift for your family
Stunning transformation and beautiful way to say thank you.
Thank you Taraji for putting smile on her face. God bless you
Mπραβο σας πολυ ομορφο!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am touched by the love in your sweet family. This remodel is definitely a much-deserved blessing for Angie. You kept it cozy, drew on Angie’s natural elegance, and filled this home with the loving essence of family - through photos and your father’s special pieces. Angie’s gracious, kind personality shines through your selections. Well done! Gorgeous! Fabulous designer! It’s beautiful to see family loving on each other.
Wow! What a story! So inspiring. Can't wait, will do it to someone I love.
This is a very lovely Family and lovely house:)
What a beautiful transformation! I'm so moved by this loving family, their relationships and the generosity that flows from such giving hearts. I am especially touched by Taraji honoring a beloved step-mother as well as her father's memory. Gorgeous design!
This was the most beautiful show of love I have ever seen ! God has surely blessed you and your step mom your bond is closer than a lot of real mothers and daughters! Taraji you are the most free loving person I have ever come across. Your father taught you well and you are following what he told you if your are fortunate share the wealth and god has shown you it does come back 10 fold . God love you and bless you with a long happy life may you have many more years on this earth.
Such a beautiful story for such a deserving person! Beautiful transformation!!
I love Taraji she has a good spirit.
I was crying....
Well thank you very much for making me cry!! now i gotta go do my eye makeup again!!
If that remodel had a personality, I would definitely say that it was beautiful on the inside and out. ALL the feels!!!
Thank you for sharing such a heart warming story, what a beautiful renovation!
Beautiful loving family, beautiful home. Taraji is one of my favorite actors. Loved her in "Person of Interest" and "Hidden Figures", especially. She really touches your heart when she becomes the character she plays.
Simply beautiful and what a calming transformation. Taraji, you are indeed a GEM to your stepmother. Kudos to the designer and her team also.
Lovely! What a wonderful gesture.
Absolutely Fabulous!! I really appreciate how Taraji Loves her stepmom and Shows it! Most daughters have a hard time accepting stepmoms. I always felt Taraji was a sweet and lovable person even with her success! This confirms such a Beautifu and Blessed Lady. God Bless you Taraji and continue to be a Blessing!
BJ Anderson, Dallas,TX
Beautiful! So happy she loved it and only had tears of joy, as planned ;) Taraji is a wonderful actress with a big heart, thank you Houzz for doing this segment with her.
What a beautiful thing to do. Thats Love. Great job and looks fabulous :)
I love everything about this story!!!!!
This story is amazing!! Great job Stephanie!
That was such a loving idea/gift Taraji. Very cozy and beautiful. It made me tear up, like it was my house, lol.
This was a touching story, and the renovation was done with love and warmth. Nice work!
This is my favorite makeover. I'm moving into pink these days. Would love everything in step mom's home for my home.
This was so wonderful. The color schemes and incorporating the artwork from her father back into the renovation is amazing. It all just fell together lovely.
Fantastic job and lovely story
God bless to all ! This was very nice and it is beautiful !
Amazing! I love the colors
Stunning absolutely stunning. Lovely people too.
Okay, this was beautiful, definitely shed a few tears! I love all the pink accents and how much brighter the space was afterwards!
Love her , not just for what she did , but for who I believe she is. A wonderful child of God!!!
AMAZING!!!!! It really made me emotional ... I love the design and the feminine touches to make it feel like her own . It was so touching and such a beautiful design and layout. A lot of open usable space for the entire family to gather in and enjoy!
I.LOVE.THIS!!! and I LOVE TARAJI!!! I'm tearing up at work :)
Wow! I just love seeing how much Taraji loves and appreciates her stepmom and family!! And the redesign is stunning!! So fun to see the transformation!! Amazing work Stephanie:)
Awwwwww..... so sweet!! Love this!!
I teared up watching this, what a beautiful home and family!
Taraji has a heart of gold. Her stepmom will be eternaly grateful to her for such a wonderful and caring gesture.
A wonderful transformation!
She has so good soul and good heart , I am happy if I see a peopels like this young actris , this proect is great !
Wonderful, love the change
Very moving. And Taraji was right in saying her dad was an artist, because he clearly was. The circumstances of people's lives sometimes don't allow them to fulfill their passions, but at least the family gets to celebrate his artistry.
this is gorges ,I love it I want to have that kitchen and living room you did a good job
This story made my day this morning. In a world where everything seem to be going to shi.., This reinforces that love can conquer all.
Great renovation. Love the wallpaper and the colors.
This was so beautiful to watch. Love Taraji and the designer did a fantastic job!
It's not even 10:00 am on Saturday morning and this had me in tears. I usually don't cry until later in the day but nope, tears of joy were flowing. I love how Ms. Henson loves her stepmom and the house is beautiful. I love the colors, the open design and the flow of the house. It was like the house went, "ahhhhhh" and started to breathe. The appointments were beautiful and enhanced the ambiance of the home. That kitchen?? Even my not so great cooking self would want to cook in there! What a beautiful home for a beautiful lady whose blessings were returned. Oh I adore Houzz when they feature these stories whether it's celebrities or not. Keep them coming, Houzz and Ms. Taraji Henson, girl, you are amazing. Your acting is superb, you are beautiful but your heart is huge. You're genuine and that is so refreshing especially in Hollywood. Bless you for returning the love to your beautiful stepmom. Call me girl!
What an open-hearted soul you are Taraji ... May your life be filled with the same joy you provide for others!!! <3
This is the best story!
This is why I joined Houzz!
I love to see people give back, but more importantly how much it is appreciated. Taraji thanks for being a blessing.
This story made me cry because there was such obvious genuine appreciation and affection shown by both Taraji's stepmother and Taraji. Beautifully decorate and beautifully told.
What a beautiful job, I was crying the whole time though....I loved how one can picture items in a room with the 3d thingy the designer was showing Taraji....I'm going to try that!
That was beautiful! Made me cry, too. Taraji, what a loving daughter you are. I'm going shopping on Houzz now - I want to try that thing where you can see the object in your own space. Amazing!
wow that just so cool you now i love it
Lovely piece, emotion connection.
What a thoughtful and loving gift for your step mom!
again what a magnificent transformation !
Beautiful, stepmoms are special too!
I cried, so heartwarming!
So beautiful and genuine act of kindness!
All Mothers are so special. Very nice way to give back especially when she has lost a partner. What a loving family and beautiful way of giving back to someone who has kept the family intact through her kindness towards her children and her step children. Heart warming story. Great renovation. Absolutely stunning! Loved the colors artfully combined with white.
I LOVE IT.. so real. Thanks to the Interior Designer Stephanie Gamble Interiors http://www.stephaniegambleinteriors.com/
Beautiful. The feminine flair is so soothing.
Very thoughtful and a great way to show care. It was actually a great idea to take down the wall that separated the kitchen from the living room. This made it more of an open space, which made it look larger in size and less isolated. I love the color mixture in the living room of the grays and pink.
Wow that’s amazing more blessings to blessers.
that was the most unselfish kind loving way of showing appreciation kudos to Ms Henson!!!
Beautiful...just beautiful. *tear*
Love the transformation. Just looking at how everything comes together giving a cohesive sense of calm to the space....really beautiful.
The video brings the back story of love and family to this rehab. Very touching. And the project is yummy!
Amazing and beautiful! The aura of the home looks calm and serene. God bless you Taraji! You did EXACTLY what your father would have wanted. You are a gift! I'm glad your bonus Mom is happy!
Just beautiful!!!! You and your designer honored your stepmom well!!! So much love!!! I got emotional watching...
Great Job Taraji You are so beautiful. I love you for what you have done for your stepmom. Continue to be bless.
What a wonderful Mother’s Day morning watching a beautiful Mom being honored by her “daughter”. ❤️The ability to easily share every aspect of living is what transforms Houzz projects into homes. My daughter, daughters in law and I love to share pics and ideas which helps us feel physically together even when we’re not.
Taraji is a FANTASTIC actress and deserves every dop of success. How wonderful of her to honor her step-mom. What a class act!
What a beautiful space its so welcoming and blessing to receive.
Very sweet! God bless you TPH!
Beautiful... I pray that I also will have the opportunity to do something like this for someone that needs a kitchen uplift.
What a beautiful and feminine makeover! love it! what is the color on the walls?
I've been a fan of Taraji P. Henson's since the days of "The Division". It's nice to see she's as good a person as she is an actress. She is a testament to her father.
Wonderful!! So much joy and love...
Amazing. Tried not to cry...failed!
I love this story. As a stepmom myself, I get a bit tired of the stories that feature animosity between the stepmother and the children. This is such a fresh take, showing another whole side to the story. Bravo to Taraji for undertaking the renovation on her stepmother's behalf, and to Houzz for featuring it.
Well done Taraji, what a blessing!
Absolutely beautiful! I have nothing but tears of joy streaming down my face from this story. Well done Taraji!!!! #blessing
It's just a beautiful home for a new beginning. Congratulations.!
What a transformation. How sweet to renovate a home for someone that made a difference in you're life. Very nice Taraji :)
Very good , I feel you when it about mom! keep it REAL!!!
I enjoyed this story so much! Stephanie Gamble, the designer, did a wonderful job. The space looks beautiful. It was so neat to see her use some of the Houzz tools in presenting her design ideas. It was also so cool to see her incorporate personal items into the design. The table Taraji's dad made is just stunning! Seeing it in this beautiful space along with photos and other artwork make it "home."
The video itself was so well done... that's part of what made the story so enjoyable to watch.
Nice job to everyone involved!! And thank you Taraji for your blessing <3
so calming and beautifull
That was so sweet what Taraji did for her stepmother. It was beautiful in more ways than one.
What a wonderful gift from Taraji she followed her father’s lessons to share your blessings! I am so impressed with everything it looks so beautiful and functional too.
Thank you for the blessings you share with others! We all need to follow your lead.
Awesome Taraji! All looks amazing. What a blessing for making it happen. Well deserved. I’d love to do this for my Mom.
Such a beautiful story!!! Brought tears to my eyes. Warmed my heart. Ty!
That was a great story. That was definitely a blessing.
Thank you for sharing a full story and beautiful photos. I miss some Houzz articles I’m interested in because I don’t want to play video in the morning when I’m energizing my brain for the day.
Home is where the heart is. Taraji P. Henson and her mom Angela must have a wonderful relationship.
I was so captivated by the coffee table right away. How wonderful to learn that Mr. Henson made it! This is a such a nice story, and beautiful home.
That is just soo beautiful.
Absolutely amazing. What a blessing!
That make over was a true blessing and beautiful!
Mrs. Debra M. Johnson, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Tajiah, I love you as as actress, Now I love who the person you are.
Forever, support you in your art film.
Lovely, I feel the ❤️